Cytology Technical Specialist
*Full time and permanent position*
A Technical Specialist coordinates functions and activities of the assigned technical area. Reports results, develops and monitors quality control and test procedures, oversees proficiency testing, quality improvement and equipment and shares in the routine work of the assigned area. Meets regulatory requirements (NYSDOH, The Joint Commission) for the cytology area. Performs tests requiring special scientific skill. Correlates knowledge and understanding of theory and technical elements of testing to solve problems and answers questions effectively and efficiently. Works with other laboratory staff to provide a smooth operating and efficient Clinical Laboratory Department, to enhance the quality of patient care. The Technical Specialist also performs the duties of a cytotechnologist (see below). A Cytotechnologist performs cytological procedures and examination and any other such tests including maintaining equipment and records and performing quality assurance activities related to examination performance, and which require the exercise of independent judgment and responsibility, as determined by the Department. A Cytotechnologist provides prompt and accurate laboratory test results on cytological specimens to providers and internal departments. Prepares samples for examination and performs testing following established procedures. Correlates knowledge and understands theory and technical elements of testing to solve problems and answer questions effectively and efficiently.
Prerequisites include a Bachelors degree in Cytotechnology from an accredited cytotechnology program (preferred). Candidates must be qualified as a Cytotechnologist and a Supervisor in accordance with New York State Department of Health regulations.
Requires a broad knowledge of laboratory procedures, laboratory equipment and use of a laboratory information system. Four years of experience after BS degree is required.
Licensure by NYS SED or licensure eligible with a limited permit or limited license as a Cytotechnologist.
Limited Permit is granted to individuals that meet the educational requirements for licensure except for the licensing examination which must be taken within one year from the issuance of a limited permit.
Limited License is granted to individuals who are working in the lab completing the education and examination requirements necessary to be licensed as a Cytotechnologist. Limited licenses cannot be renewed and will not be valid beyond September 1, 2018.
Must be capable of using effective oral and written communication skills. Must be able to organize and prioritize workload and direct other laboratory professionals with minimum supervision. Must effectively train students and new employees.
Scope of Practice:
Individuals are required to practice within the responsibilities of their license, and perform specific tasks for which they have been deemed competent.
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